National Geographic : 1956 Oct
© National Geographic Society 540 Bull Elephants at the Treetops Water Hole Cross Ivory Swords in Friendly Joust .. . I found myself wishing the elephants would leave so that we could get out of the forest before it got too dark. At last the elephants began to leave the clearing, some taking the direction of the Marrians' farm. But two frisky young bulls now started to fight in earnest. Shots Halt Elephant Battle One animal pushed the other toward the water, but found his adversary's trunk en twining his own in a viselike grip. I ap proached the fighting pair and filmed the battle close up. Again shots went off some distance away. The young elephants separated and left the clearing. We were alone. "Let's get out of here!" someone said, expressing what we were all thinking. The gunfire had made the atmosphere too tense for comfort. Just as I was gathering my equipment, there was a rustling beyond the water hole. As if we hadn't had enough excitement for one afternoon, a lone rhinoceros shuffled to the edge of the water. He took a drink and began ambling our way. Suddenly a string of shots rang out. The rhino looked up in alarm. He turned rapidly, his little tail flicking above his fat rump, and crashed off into the bush. I was as scared as the rhino. Who was firing at whom? Clearly the shots had not been intended for us; they came from too far away. I wondered whether the Mau Mau were attacking our waiting policemen.